A fierce rivalry over who has the best curves on The Block is shaping up between Jade and Jasmin.
Jasmin and husband Luke were still smarting over a fresh accusation they have copied someone else’s designs. This time it was nice girl Jade telling all and sundry — except the supposed culprits — that Jasmin and Luke had stolen their kitchen bench design.
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It’s a fair suggestion given the fact that carpenter Luke had been filmed running his hands longingly along Jade and Daniel’s newly unveiled handcrafted bench just 24 hours before he installed his own version.
But the couple were adamant that they had chosen their bench weeks before seeing Jade and Daniel’s manhood-shaped masterpiece, and host Scott Cam had the footage to back them up.
But Scotty also gleefully added that while Jasmin’s inspiration had not come from the neighbours it had once again come from social media. This time her room was almost a carbon copy of one featured on Pinterest.
It’s the second time the West Australian couple have been accused of being copycats. A week earlier, judge Shaynna Blaze had taken them to task for taking a little too much inspiration from an image they’d found on Instagram.
Now the pair are livid that Jade is further cementing their reputation as copycats.
“Well apparently they said we copied,” Jasmin moaned.
“The suggestion we copied them was absolute garbage and I got really defensive because we definitely didn’t at all.”
Jasmin and Luke were angry, too, that while Jade had told the whole building site that they had been inspired by their pricey bench, she didn’t express those concerns directly to them.
In fact, they said, she refused to answer either way when they asked her if she thought they’d copied her work.
“She kept beating around the bloody bush,” Luke fumed as Jasmin took out her aggression on a poor defenceless hair tie, wrapping hair with the same level of intensity a medieval torturer might apply to their victim on the rack.
“She doesn’t like confrontation,” Luke said of Jade. This hardly made Luke The Block’s resident Sigmund Freud as it’s true the South Australian hairdresser has repeatedly shirked any kind of argument on the show.
“Well she’s on the wrong show then because if you’re going to come up with an out-there statement like that you’ve got to be able to back it,” Jasmin added, furiously.
It’ll be interesting to see what Jasmin and Luke have to say when they learn that Jade and Daniel are planning a curved wall — not unlike those that Luke and Jasmin have in their bathroom and kitchen — in this week’s lounge and dining area.
Jade and Daniel are finally in the money, having used their gnome advantage to secure their first win of the competition.
As the week’s winners, it fell to Daniel and Jade to host a winners’ “feast” for the losing teams, but they weren’t going to squander too much of that $10,000 cash prize on refuelling the competition. Nope, the frugal farmers instead decided to serve a baked potato buffet.
The news went down with the menfolk like a lead spud.
George and Keith were dumbfounded. While a stunned Harry muttered: “It wouldn’t be a dinner we Hellenics would traditionally serve.”
Scotty summed it up best when he said what everyone was thinking: “Spuds? They’ve gone a bit cheap haven’t they. No meat? Fair dinkum!”
Clearly Jade and Daniel were saving every cent they could for their living and dining area. And who could blame them? It was the first victory they’ve had so far, and they had to use a bonus point to get it. Had they not used the gnome it would have been yet another victory for Jimmy and Tash, by just half a point.
It’s a sadder story down The Block for Sarah and George who are yet to win a single thing. With that in mind, they elected to pull the Hipages lever so they can save their pennies for dressing the room rather than the construction work.
They were pinning their hopes on an impressive fireplace with heated hearth. Little do they know that Harry has the same plan only his fire is bigger. So big, that he had to alter his steel framing to accommodate it, igniting foreman Keith’s fury in the process.
Meanwhile Jimmy and Tash have the biggest budget on The Block (with more than $37,000 in their kitty thanks to multiple wins) but this week they were also struggling with having the smallest area to redesign.
Last week’s decision to increase their kitchen so that it intruded into their hallway entrance had left them with limited options for positioning their living and dining room furniture.
Tash came up with a controversial plan to shelve the dining table altogether, rationalising that people could eat at the kitchen bench, the outside table or, most bizarrely, out the front of the house. Nothing says Brighton mansion like perching on the front doorstep with your dinner on your lap!
“The judges may love it because it’s the way of the future, people aren’t sitting down to dining tables,” Jimmy explained, trying to convince himself that this plan — like their exhibitionist ensuite — was anything but a disaster waiting to happen.
“They’re sitting down to dine but not at formal dining tables. Everyone tells me that they just use their tables to throw their s… on. It’s become storage.”
We know that Shaynna dearly loves storage but even she would baulk at that.
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